France Urges UN to help in Central African Republic

On Friday December 27, during talks with Secretary General of the UN Ban Ki-Moon, French President François Hollande expressed his wish that the United Nations would play a more important role in the transition period in the Central African Republic. Hollande also thanked the leader for the reinforcement of African forces organized by the UN. The UN […]

France Calls for Action in Syria after Reports of Devastating Chemical Attack

With reports from Syria of a devastating chemical attack making headlines around the world, the French government has sent Syrian President Bashar al-Assad the sternest warnings yet. Now, the question is if those warnings will translate into military action. If Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius’ recent statements represent the general mood of President François Hollande’s administration, […]

Hollande Visits India, Seeking Both Cultural Ties and Business Opportunities

French President François Hollande concluded his first official visit to Asia Friday February 15 after two days in India and meeting with Prime Minister Manmahon Singh. Though the timing of the visit coincided with an extremely lucrative business deal between France’s Dassault Aviation and the Indian Air Force, President Hollande insisted that the visit was […]

UN Supports France in Mali As More Civilians Pushed from Country

On Monday January 14, the United Nations Security Council discussed France’s intervention in Mali – also known as Operation “Serval” – after which the French Ambassador to the UN, Gérard Araud, declared, “The nation’s partners express a thorough understanding and firm support of their intervention in Mali.” Araud confirms, “all of our partners have recognized […]

Hollande Calls for Action in Syria and Mali in First U.N. Appearance

Making his first appearance at the United Nations General Assembly this week, French President François Hollande urged the international community to intervene in rapidly deteriorating situations in both Syria and northern Mali. Mr. Hollande, who was elected in May, reaffirmed his previous promise to recognize an interim government of Syrian opposition leaders as soon as […]

French Presidency at the UN Security Council: What is at Stake?

On August 1st France became the president of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). France is one of the five permanent members of the Security Council, and took the spot from the former president, Colombia. In these troubled times, with crises rising and mandated missions being forced to come to an end, there is a […]